I did it!!! Thanks, God!!!


I did it today

God said to go out and play

And new friends I made


It is a new bit

I thought I couldn’t do it

Out of the park hit


He’s making me see

To live you have to be free

Drop fears within me


Hey y’all!  How ‘r’ you doin’?  I’m giddy!  Out of my mind crazy happy!  I started out excited, happy, scared to death and nervous as heck!  I have to tell you that God is so friggin’ awesome!  He filled me with the confidence and warmth I needed and soothed my nerves just enough to get through it.  And guess what?!  It was stinkin’ amazing and awesome in every way!  I found the most gracious, deep, warm, compassionate woman who agreed to interview with me and it went better than I could have ever imagined!  I also made several new friends and more people who’d like to interview when I go back next week!  How cool is that?

So, for all you out there who think you’re too old to try something new – for all those who are scared to death to face people, much less talk to them – for all those introverted people (like me) who prefer hiding rather than going out in the public and talking to perfect strangers, remember this – YOU are never too old to do something new, wild and different.  Fears are there to be faced and triumphed over.  Don’t let your fears hold you back from doing something you are drawn to do.

Now, there are healthy fears.  I mean, you will never see me jumping out of a perfectly good airplane.  Nuh-uh.

But don’t be afraid to talk to strangers.  You might just meet some incredible new lifelong friend!  I cannot get over how much this woman and I had in common with each other.  After the interview, we talked for at least an hour.  Actually, longer.  I went in at 10:30 and left after 2pm.  I believe I just made a new lifelong friend.  And several other friends.  All because I was willing to put myself out there.  Now those of you who know me – you know that’s not my comfort zone AT ALL!  But I faced my fear.  I did something I never thought I’d do and it was amazing!  And I made new friends.  And I gained more confidence in myself – something I was severely lacking.  And God helped me every step of the way!

So is there something in your mind that holds great meaning for you?  What’s stopping you from going after it?  If it’s fear, you need to look at that monster straight in the eye and say, “You ain’t stoppin’ me!  I might feel fear but I’m gonna go and do that thing anyway!  Because I know I can do it!  God will help me do it!  And Fear, I will not let you get in my way!”

Now go and do that thing!  Rock it like a boss!  And let us know how it goes because I get so tickled cheering people on!!  Whoop!  Whoop!


(Photo courtesy of redefineyourfuturenow.com)

1 Event That Will Help You Expand Your Readership: Meet and Greet

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Carol B Sessums:

Join Danny’s Meet n Greet!

Originally posted on Dream Big, Dream Often:

imagesWhat day is it??!!  Meet and Greet Day!

Ok so here are the rules:

  1. Leave a link to your page or post in the comments of this post.
  2. Reblog this post.  It helps you, it helps me, it helps everyone!  So don’t be selfish, hit the reblog button.
  3. Edit your reblog post and add tags (i.e. reblogging, reblog, meet n greet, link party, etc.), it helps, trust me on this one.
  4. Share this post on social media.  Many of my non-blogger friends love that I put the Meet n Greet on Facebook and Twitter because they find new bloggers to follow.  This helps also, trust me.
  5. And if you leave a link and don’t follow me, how about ya show ole Danny some love?

Now that all the rules have been clearly explained get out there and meet n greet your butts off!

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Fashionably Late


I come a little late to the party, I know, and especially after promoting the Cherished Blogfest.  Sorry.  Been a crazy last few days.  But I do come bearing gifts.  I brought a bottle of sweet red and some aged sharp cheddar.  Won’t you have some?  I never show up to a party empty handed.  ;)

Grand C, AZ 10, July 2010 Roadtrip


Well, what is one of my most cherished objects?  I’ve thought long and hard about this and many things come to mind — a little peach stuffed dog with brown ears that my mom got me when I was about 3 to cheer me up when I was very sick (don’t worry, I’ve washed it since), named Peaches, the Wonder Dog.  I’ve cried many a tear into Peaches over the years.  I bought myself a stuffed dog when I was pregnant with Hallie, because the hubs was not very huggable at the time and this piece of fluff named Honey comforted me until my sweet squishy baby came along, and now I’ve been squishing her for the last 15 years.  My trusty laptop that I use 7 days a week is a trusted pal.  If I still had my grandparents’ vintage Royal typewriter, I’m pretty sure that would come in as #2 on my list of cherished objects, but the #1 slot, I’d have to say, belongs to (*drum roll*)…


My photos.

hallie in her crib laughing

Photos of family.  Photos of friends.  Photos of our many and varied travels by car, ship, plane, train, bus, caravan, horse drawn carriage, etc.  If my house was on fire (God forbid), what would I grab to save if I had a chance after the humans and fur babes were out?  Photos.  Most of these, since 2007, are on flashdrives and I keep them all in the same place so they’re easy to find.  I think I could replace everything else in the house eventually, but my heart would be broken and never to heal if I lost all my many photos.  I cannot tell you how many boxes of photos I have but it’s A LOT!  One day, when I have free time (what the heck is that?!), I will manage to scan all these photos onto flashdrives so I’ll have them all easily accessed and easily portable.  Yeah, many are in the cloud and in different sources of media that I could access from any computer but I don’t have all those baby photos scanned, yet.  And all the old photos of my grandparents, parents, even great grandparents – these are my treasures.

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Daddy and Hallie as baby

Photographs capture a bit of history.  They capture a precious moment in time and that moment is forever preserved, never to age, never to wrinkle (granted you take care of the photos) and all you have to do besides accessing the memory in your mind is to simply gaze upon these shining sweet faces and it takes you back to their childhood, or that cruise you took or that Girl Scout train trip to New Orleans.  You can remember those sweet moments with your dad when he was alive, he was laughing, you were laughing, everybody in the picture has red faces, because they’re all pretty much laughing, trying to catch a breath as they shed a tear and grab their stomachs from the pain of all that belly laughter.  And all it takes is a quick peek at a picture.

GranC & H smiling and holding hands in back yard

Hallie at carnival in racecar

Even those photos of the great grandparents you never met — these can carry you off, also, to places you’ve never seen except in the backgrounds.  The hairstyles make you smile, the curly perms their mom’s must have given them, their little sheet dresses and bare feet, the log cabin standing behind them, the clothes off to the right hanging on the line.  Yes, these are our memories, our history, our loves, and though, many may be bittersweet, the sweet overrules the bitter any day when all you have to do to visit a place in time is to look at a photograph.  And, of course, read a book — that can take you around the world and any spot in time, because they are the best time machines, along with photos.

Silly Rabbit, Ryan Dam, Great Falls, MT, July 2010 Roadtrip

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So, perhaps a bit lengthy and for that I apologize.  I do tend to get carried away and ramble on a bit but I am passionate about my pictures.  Can you tell?

Just a few of those are:

Hallie and Buddy

The Grand Canyon

Mama on one of our travels

Lilly Margaret (Hallie calls her Lilly Marge when she’s in trouble) kissing one of her stuffed animals (Yup, she kisses.  She smiles with her teeth, too!  Multi-talented.  Ha!)

Baby Hallie

Mama and Hallie (my 2 best peeps) and back when Hal had her braces

Daddy and Hallie

Mama and Hallie

Hallie in a race car ride (LOVE that I caught that expression!!!  Priceless.)

Hallie crossing one eye, because she’s multi-talented, too.  Hehe!  The kid ain’t right.

And me and Hallie.  Yeah, me on a bad hair day, but I love those photos of me and my babe.

Enjoy.  ;)  xoxo



Want New #Blogging #Friends ? Join the #CHERISHED Blogfest Today!!

Carol B Sessums:

Y’all join us! The more, the merrier! And increase your following at the same time.

Originally posted on Daily (w)rite:

Blogging is all about making connections, sharing information, emotions, opinions, memories.

How to make Blogging Friends Blog Friendships

In the spirit of blog friendships, my good blog friends, Dan Antion , Paul Ruddock, Peter Nena, Sharukh Bamboat and yours truly at Daily (w)rite, invite you to take part in the CHERISHED Blogfest:

Often, objects lead us to memories.

The objects we hold most dear, harbor the most cherished memories.

For the CHERISHED Blogfest, we invite you to talk to us about one of your cherished objects. Tell us what it is, post a picture of it if you like, and tell us why you cherish it.

Keep your post to below 500 words.

Join us on the 24th to 26th of July 2015 in sharing memories, emotions, information: we’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships.

Cherished Blogfest Cherished…

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To All My FB Fanpage Friends

To all my FB fanpage friends/followers, I’m about to host a contest on my fanpage and the winner will get to name one of the characters in my novel that’s two thirds finished.  You will also appear in my book in the Acknowledgements section.

If you aren’t following, now’s your chance.